Hypnosis In the Hypnotherapist Office
For you to be hypnotized, you must be intelligent enough to follow directions. For you to ‘close your eyes, and relax your muscles around your eyes so that they are so relaxed you cannot open them, no matter how hard you try’… is a suggestion. Who has to close your eyes? Can you not close them if you want to? Of course. Stare right at the hypnotherapist with wide-open eyes, and you will prove that you are not able to follow simple directions. You can as well say ‘I cannot be hypnotized because I choose not to follow your directions.’ Great. You missed the point.
The point is that you and your hypnotherapist want the same exact thing: your problem to disappear. The sooner you realize that when you follow directions, the better you are going into trance. When you are in trance you bypass your critical faculty.
Critical faculty is a part of you differentiating between reality and fantasy. My suggestions are going into your unconscious mind to create the results that you want for yourself. It is both of our responsibilities to achieve your result.
Your mind does not know the difference between real and imagined. An EEG machine will show the same brain waves for seeing an apple, and imagining an apple. Therefore, when you make changes on the unconscious level for a positive outcome, your mind will think it is real. This is why hypnosis works so well in conjunction with your conscious efforts.
It pays off to get your unconscious mind on board with your consciously planned changes. Hypnosis is a remarkable tool.